AN animal sanctuary near Kidderminster opened its doors to the public for the first time last week.

The Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries based in Milson, opened to the public on Saturday April 6, for the first of its monthly Visitor Days.

The days allow guests to learn more about the charity's work, get up close to some of the animal residents, and take a tour of the site.

The sanctuary is home to cows, pigs, sheep, goats, hens and turkeys, and manager, Dave Bourne, and his team will give guided tours of the site on the days.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to feed the animals, as well as sponsor their ongoing care.

The Visitor Days will take place from 2pm to 5pm on the first Saturday of every month, with the last opening of the year on Saturday September 7.

Goodheart is one of only a handful of farm animal sanctuaries in the UK.

Despite launching in 2018, it has already taken in over 270 rescued, abused and abandoned animals.

The charity’s Project Director, Alison Hood, said: “Goodheart was founded to provide a forever home for these animals, and to campaign for their better treatment.

"We also want to encourage people to get to know the animals’ individual characters and appreciate where their food comes from."

Ms Hood added: “We’ll be holding a Visitor Day the first Saturday of each month, from April to September. The events run from 2pm until 5pm, and there is no cost to attend.

"Hot drinks and a range of refreshments will be available, and dogs on a lead are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.”